Northern Ireland international manager Michael O’Neill and Down senior football Manager Paddy Tally today issued a joint call for the Department of Education to restore funding for the Curriculum Sports Programme.
The sporting legends highlighted the partnership that exists between the Irish FA and GAA on the programme and the vital service that the more than 50 coaches employed on the scheme provide for pupils, for schools and for broader society.
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Half the children the coaches work with are girls and they teach pupils from P1-P4 fundamental movement skills as well as a life-long love of sport.
Michael O’Neill said: 'I have seen at first-hand the brilliant work of the Curriculum Sports Programme and I, along with many people in Northern Ireland, am hugely disappointed that the funding has been cut. This is a vital programme for children in primary schools, delivered in partnership with the GAA and I would urge decision makers to reconsider, save the jobs and to restore the programme.'
Paddy Tally said: 'Surveys have shown that just 4% of children in the north of Ireland get the recommended number of PE hours per week and we know that there has been a sharp rise in obesity in schools. This programme helped promote the long-term benefits of exercise as well as improving the general health and wellbeing of children. Removing this funding will have a long-term detrimental effect on our primary school children and I would call on the Department to restore funding for the programme as soon as possible.’
The Irish FA and Ulster GAA will continue to fight for the continuation of this programme this year and in the 2019/20 financial year and will impress on key decision makers the positive benefits it has for pupils, teachers and schools.
In The Picture — 11 February 2013
Football Team Sponsors
Pictured at a reception in Dungannon at the ‘Hill of the O’Neill” are Ruairi Cunningham, Director of Strathroy, Peter Harte, St Mary’s Gaelic Football Team Captain and Professor Peter Finn, Principal of St Mary’s University College, Belfast
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Strathroy Dairy Ltd, Ireland’s oldest family dairy, has once again agreed to sponsor the Gaelic football team at St Mary’s University College. Ruairi Cunningham, Director, met up recently with St Mary’s Team Captain, Peter Harte, Team Manager, Paddy Tally and College Principal, Professor Peter Finn, at the historic Hill of the O’Neill site in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
The profile of Gaelic football at St Mary’s has risen in recent years under the management of Paddy Tally, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education. It is well known that the ‘Ranch’ has a long standing tradition of vigorous team spirit in the face of competition against much larger institutions of higher education. That tradition has been strengthened by the availability of new facilities and services on the St Mary’s campus which have enabled improvements in team preparation and player development. The values associated with voluntary support in coaching and management still prevail at St Mary’s however and that contributes significantly to the College’s standing in higher education sport.
Peter Harte of Tyrone is in a long line of top class players who have captained the Ranch since the 1940s. He said, “ To be part of the St. Mary's football team is special, it's like having a second club. The togetherness is unique and I believe this comes from the close knit community that exists in the college. It's a privilege for me to captain this great group of players. Their efforts this year has been first class and we're looking forward to facing UCC in the quarter final.”
The Sigerson Cup quarter final clash with University College Cork will bring back memories of the College’s Sigerson Cup success in 1989 but College Principal Professor Peter Finn who, along with Jim McKeever managed that team chooses to focus on the present as he explained, “Competitive sport is about today and tomorrow, not the past. Today we rely on the conviction of our Manager Paddy Tally and our players including our team captain Peter Harte. We also rely on sponsorship of course and are delighted to be associated with Strathroy and its fresh dairy produce.”
In the run up to the clash with the Munster team, St Mary’s will be hoping to draw some important lessons from the early part of the season. Team Manager, Paddy Tally, said “UCC in the quarter final is without doubt the toughest challenge we have faced this year. The game against Tralee in the first round was a good result but we are very aware that the quality of the performance would not be enough to beat UCC. The team have developed well through the league and Mc Kenna Cup competitions so its vitally important that we take all we have learnt and apply it against Cork.”
Paddy Tally Gaelic Games 2018
St Mary’s play UCC on Wednesday 13 February.